Friday, December 02, 2016

Skywatch Friday 174

One successful and one not so successful attempt to photograph the moon . . .



Late afternoon, Nov 09


About 9:30 pm, Nov 16



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 440: 13 Geese

Thirteen of 'em -- go ahead and count them! 



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Wordless Wednesday 244: Red Beacons

From November 6 . . .










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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 339: Matilda

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Matilda by Roald Dahl. I think most children will love this one, but I can see some adults objecting to the violence prevalent throughout




"Save us!" the mother screamed, almost throttling her husband.

"I'm getting out of here," the father said, greyer than ever now. They all fled, slamming the door behind them.













ABOUT THE BOOK:

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

"Matilda will surely go straight to children's hearts." —The New York Times Book Review





Sunday, November 27, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Skywatch Friday 173

Sunset, Tuesday evening of November 14, 2016







This one was taken about half an hour later than the first two . . .






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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 243: Sunset













Sunset, evening of 15 November 2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 338: Fogged Inn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross, the fourth in her Maine Clambake series. This book is set the week after Thanksgiving, and the walk-in referred to is a restaurant refrigerator. I’m sure you’ll agree that this intro truly grabs one’s attention.


"Jule-YA! There's a dead guy in the walk-in."


(Opening sentence, chapter one)











ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Maine Clambake #4

An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.

Nothing’s colder than a corpse—especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger—and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…





Sunday, November 20, 2016

Random Photo: November Flowers

We've had some wacky weather so far this autumn, with temps 10-25 above where they should be for November. Little surprise that some flowers seem as confused by the mild temps as we humans . . .





























Friday, November 18, 2016

Skywatch Friday 172

Sunset, Tuesday evening, 15 November 2016























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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday Thirteen 439: Autumn Cards

I had a fairly productive craft day this week, and since I haven't shared anything in recent weeks, I thought I'd share some of the fruits of my labor. These were all made for Thanksgiving or fall birthdays, with one exception. All cards measure 5-1/5 by 4-1/4 inches.



This sympathy card was the one card not made for Thanksgiving or birthday.






A few made for Autumn birthdays . . .



















And the rest are all for Thanksgiving . . .


The background for this and the next were made
using strips of coordinating paper scraps. A time-
consuming technique, but a unique result -- no
two cards look exactly alike, even when using the
same materials. 




More strips of paper scraps, plus glitter pumpkin tape.














MATERIALS:
Solid Paper: White, Timeless, Lap of Luxury (Core'Dinations)
Decorative Paper: "Harvest" collection (images) (Authentique), Sweater Weather (DCWV), Foil Foliage (Target)




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